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Entries in holiday (104)

Friday
Nov302012

joyeux noel bunting {easy diy}

Happy Friday! I've got a super quick & easy diy bunting. Perfect if you want to add a Christmas quote around your home.

1. The punch out stencils were purchased from Office Max ($3.89), depending on your quote you may need more than one set (I only used one). Then you'll just need a holepunch and string for the bunting.

2. Punch holes and thread your string through each of the letters.

3. Hang up your french "Merry Christmas" banner for all to see!

Quick. And. Done.

Any fun weekend plans??? Tomorrow is a Christmas craft brunch, followed by a 30th birthday party—what a fun day to look forward to! How about you, relaxing or parties on your agenda?

Monday
Nov262012

diy paper advent calendar

I hope you had an excellent holiday, the long weekend was incredible was it not?

So a very popular post from last year—this amazing paper Advent calendar—is now available to create your very own!

Because of popular demand, my friend Annie was willing to sell them in my Etsy shop. Now you can customize color paper to your liking, and even create multiples to give away!

Also, you can download one of the prints for FREE. But I'm sure you want the whole set... :)

Monday
Nov192012

being generous on a budget

Last weekend I had the privilege of teaching at a short class that covered a slew of information ranging from why we should be generous to a crash course in budgets & finances. Making wise financial choices are probably most difficult right around this time of year. Giving should not be out of guilt, obligation, or to impress other people—being generous should bring us JOY. Not to mention our culture is not the least bit shy about pressuring us to be constant consumers and to spend spend spend (Black Friday marketing anyone?). The Advent Conspiracy sums it all up pretty well.

My content for the class was about creative gift giving. Below are tips for gifting with thoughtful intentionality & saving time + money this holiday season.

TIME & MONEY SAVERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Make a gift list & budget early // Know how many gifts and how much you want to spend. I've seen good reviews on using The Christmas List app for tracking your gifts.

Have a "B List" gift // Something small but thoughtful, for the people you want to give a little something (or perhaps you weren't originally planning to give them a gift…eep!). I love the idea of a cute coffee mug with a card saying "also included is a coffee date to be redeemed at a later time" etc. 

Make a large batch of cookie dough // Then freeze it in rolls to cut up and bake when needed. This will prevent extra trips to stores for prepared foods because you'll always have a go-to on hand.

Host baking/cooking party // Like a cookie exchange where every guest brings bulk of a dessert/appetizer and you swap. This gets you more variety at a lower cost, and they are pretty fun.

FREE GIFT IDEAS

Give something of yours you know they admire // Like a scarf or purse they complimented, something they have shown interest in. Use with caution—don't give away junk you don't want!

Give labor // Who wouldn't love a free handyman/cleaner/cook/babysitter for a few hours? Use your skills/availability to offer yours services as a gift, and maybe print off this adorable Gift of Time Certificate.

Give books you own/have read // Make a fun bookmark and even create a "reader basket" by adding some coffee/tea.

Repurpose what you have into something new // Example: turn old scrabble tiles into magnets or artwork.

CHEAP(ER) GIFTS

Tailor very specifically to the individual // Example: Buy lens cleaner, a lens scrunchie, or a pretty camera strap for someone who loves photography.

Buy bulk items // Like local wine/beer/etc, then dress it up with packaging.

Make gifts as a group // Where you provide part of the gift. Example: Make a "breakfast basket" that includes pancake mix, syrup, spoons, etc. But each person in the group only provides one ingredient.

TIPS FOR HANDMADE GIFTS

Utilize Pinterest // Use this as a search engine for ideas or packaging on every gift.

Start with supplies you own // If you have scrap wood/fabric/yarn, search for gifts using these supplies. You will keep costs down guaranteed.

Plan to spend around 3-5 hours per gift // Don't get carried away with crafts that take months to make, but also don't expect to have 20 gifts made in one evening.

Create gifts in bulk // If you make 15 of the same thing you will keep cost and time at a minimum.

Be wary of pretty photography // Make sure you don't end up with something that looks cheap/cheesy when you take away the skills of whoever photographed the tutorial.

Be wary of time intensive crafts/gifts // Think through every aspect of the supplies you need and how many steps are in the project. If possible, try to borrow tools (glue gun/hammer) so you don't have to purchase.

Craft party // Get a group together! This is more fun AND you will save when you share supplies with each other.

Now the fun part! I've spent time curating a board of OVER 60 "do-able" handmade gift ideas. There is a range of skill & style but most are projects I'd like to own myself, which I believe is key when you are giving gifts to people. 

I'd love to know tricks you've learned to help save time/money or your thoughts on making gifts rather than buying them! Any of my readers have helpful tips to share?

Image Sources: 1. Chalkboard Mug by Wit & Whistle // 2. Recipe Tea Towel by Hello Beautiful for Spoonflower // 3. Tiny Polaroid Magnets by Ambrosia Creative // 4. Mason Jar Oil Lamp (image by Napa Style, instructions by Heath Ashli) //

Friday
Nov162012

thanksgiving garland swag diy

Just a weee bit obsessed with these pretty corn husk flowers...so I've used them to make a garland swag for my Thanksgiving table!

The pre-made garlands/swags (at Hobby Lobby) weren't to my taste. Instead I found a greenery bunch I liked better. To make the swag, I simply hot glued the green stems to each other to form a 3ft swag. From there I arranged the 6 flowers to my liking and then glued them to the stems.

I love how wiley and assymetrical it feels! And using a piece of wood as the runner...eep. SWOON.

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll be teaching on "creative gift giving" at a short seminar called Generosity on a Budget, which will be exciting. And don't worry, I plan to recap the content for Monday's post! How about you, what will you be up to?

If you missed the instructions for the flowers > Corn Husk Flower DIY

Wednesday
Jul042012

go celebrate!

Happy day of celebrating our democratic freedom! Enjoy food, friends, and fireworks—as I will too. I am taking half the week off of blogging, see you next week!

Art Source: Another by Erik Marinovich for Friends of Type (via Pinterest)

Thursday
Jun282012

lovely bundle {usa printables}

I found a few free printables for your patriotic decorating. Enjoy the weekend! And all the best as you plan for the midweek holiday!

Art Sources: 1. Eighteen25 (via Pinterest) // 2. Madigan Made (via Pinterest) //

Wednesday
Jun272012

july 4th bbq ::: festive sprinkles

Apparently this year for July 4th all I care about are food related posts. So here's another—with fun sprinkles! After crossing paths with these festive red-white-blue balls, I knew they needed to be used in something like this ice cream sandwich. But taking these photos made me think "perhaps something that doesn't melt would be better". Like smothering rice crispy bars with nutella and then sprinkles. YUM.

Hope you're having a fantastic mid-week workday!

Wednesday
Jun202012

july 4th bbq ::: frozen lemonade *sugar free

I love lemonade in the summer. But at the store when I checked for frozen lemonade, sadly there were slim pickings without corn syrup. This leaves one option—make my own. Recipe below!

::: honey herb lemonade :::

12 lemons or 2 cups of lemon juice
3/4 cup local honey
Handful fresh basil (or rosemary or favorite herb)
1 cup + 8 cups water

Make a simple syrup using 1 cup water and the honey. Combine in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Turn off heat and add the fresh herbs. Set aside while you prepare lemon juice and water. Combine both mixtures together (your preference whether to leave in herbs or not). Taste test to make sure it has your desired tart or sweetness!

Freeze in cupcake liners and definitely put them in the cupcake pan. I found these pretty liners at Hobby Lobby, and I think they might be made with wax paper. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a big bowl of ice with these set up for your July 4th BBQ!? Oh yes, indeed it would.

Recipe based of a printout from Honey.com

Monday
Jun182012

july 4th bbq ::: food baskets

Came across these adorable food baskets in Target and thought how perfect for July 4th BBQ! They are only 4 for 1$—spotted in the dollar section at the store front. And I don't mind a great excuse for midday bbq photo op (sweet potato fries = YUM). Another party suggestion is to do pulled pork, which is minimal work for a large group. The last party I hosted we catered the pork and the price was really reasonable.

Hosting is plenty of work, why not try and keep it simple?

Have a fantastic week!

Thursday
Jun142012

lovely bundle {father's day printable}

Adorable printable paper downloads for Father's Day, in case you need a last minute packaging solution.

Any fun plans this weekend? I hope to visit this epic flea market in Illinois (it's huge!) and maybe another outdoor movie night. Have a great one, friends!

Image Sources: 1. Gift Tags by The Graphics Fairy // 2. Tie Printable by Ruban Collectif for The Sweetest Occasion // 3. BBQ Tags by Jordan of Polkadot Prints for Design Mom // 4. Giftboxes by Papercrave (via FFFFound) //